I left NC this morning to head to Alaska. As I left, I took a peek at the 4 baby birds who hatched the day before my departure. I also grabbed a few of the lilies of the valley (my favorite flowers) that bloomed before I left. Two special treats to send me off and help me remember how special home is. On to Alaska!
I won’t be around to document the growth and fledging of these birds. But you can see some photos I took of a previous year’s nestlings (click here for the archive – scroll through for the full set of posts–they are in reverse order)! This nest has been used for the last 4 years to successfully raise 3-4 birds each year.
Amazingly, the baby robins still make no noise in the nest. I am assuming this is so that they do not draw attention to their location. They are really filling up the nest now (and spilling over the edges!).
Day 11: daily morning check of the nest. All four are still there!
Baby Robins Day 11: feathers
Day 11: As the feathers continue to emerge, the down looks more and more out of place!
Baby Robins Day 12: morning nest check. They are sleepyheads!
Baby Robin Day 12: Remember when that eye was just a tiny slit? Only a week ago!
Baby Robin Day 12: head feathers are coming in replacing downy "mohawk"
Baby Robin Day 12: feathers are looking more and more like they will be ready for flight soon.